Growing up, I remember getting a sunburn or cut and my mother constantly grabbing aloe vera lotion to sooth my pain. Instantly I would feel relief along with a cooling sensation, so naturally, as I got older and would still manage to not quite put enough sunscreen on, or when I would every so carelessly get a burn from my curling iron, I too would grab aloe vera. Even though it was introduced to me at an early age, I had no idea what this magical plant had to offer. 

 Taking care of my body has become a huge priority and because of this I have had to step back and reevaluate the products I use, especially when it comes to skincare and beauty. It’s amazing how many brands use harsh chemicals that can take a toll on your body. For me, I have become such an advocate for implementing natural remedies into my beauty routine. During my research I was totally blown away by how great an aloe vera plant is for your overall health. Plus, I’m obsessed with the fact that you can literally grow your own in the comfort of your home. Easy and convenient, sign me up!

 So here’s what I found out; Aloe Vera is a super-cool, super-plant that can be taken internally or applied externally. It has been used since the ancient Egyptians, who called it the “plant of immortality” (no wonder they used it) and contains over 75 different nutrients, vitamins and minerals – wow! It is an anti-inflammatory and contains antibacterial and anti-fugal properties. It provides a hydrating, no-grease feel and is considered a growth hormone that produces new skin, helping it to heal and repair quickly. Super healthy, right?! Plus, when skinning your own plant, it allows you see the effects immediately, as well as making it beyond affordable to use everyday! 

So how does this relate to beauty? besides treating burns and cuts,  Here’s a list of ways to use my favorite, all-natural beauty remedy:

•   Makeup remover

•   Exfoliating scrub

•   Moisturizer

•   Fights against acne

•   Soothes upset stomach and helps with digestion

•   Fades dark spots and under-eye circles

•   Has anti-aging properties

•   Used as a hair mask and leave in conditioner

•   Provides glowing skin

•   Treats sunburns and cuts 

•   Helps with weight loss

Aloe vera is a must-have for a naturally, beautiful life. 

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